OK so I didnt over-react .pls make sure y'r kids are safe on the net

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dar, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    I found out this weekend that my daughter's teacher signed her and the rest of the class up for a math internet site....(my daughter is 9)

    the teacher used my daughter's name as her user name.. her FULL FIRST AND LAST NAME...

    I went through this website and in order for the teacher to register the teacher needs to input the SCHOOL NAME AND LOCATION

    whats the first rule about internet safety?... never reveal your REAL NAME right?... what did she do WITHOUT my consent?... yep gave gave her name out.. the name of a minor child!

    whats the second rule of internet safety?... never give details about your location.. school name favorite mall ect... right? what did the teach do.. gave the name and town of the school... can we say DUH!!!!!!

    I lost my mind on Saturday... calmed down on Sunday and decided to shoot the website admins an email asking about the online safety... staff criminal background checks.. what are they doing to be pro-active in making sure they dont have a bunch of pedophiles working for them cause lets face it this site is geared to kids in grade 9 and under. I never rec'd a response from the web site admins...

    so today I went to the school in a CALM manor... i promise... lol... and asked for my daughters information to be removed from the site. They did not have my consent to sign her up and I truly believe that they have put my daughters safety at risk.

    The VP I spoke to did not agree so I asked to speak with the principal and thats when it all broke loose... I told her (the principal) exactly what I told the VP but I was getting agitated by this point.. the principal's remark was she will look into it...

    I called the director of education only to get voice mail... so then I went to the local police station ans spoke to a desk sgt... who agreed with me... they sent a car to the school to talk to the teacher and the VP and Principal... and it was "strongly recommended" from the officer on scene that the information be removed before the end of the day of there could be charges laid of breaching confidentiality (giving out info on my daughter and the other classmates).. on top of endangering a minor...

    So because the police were called to the school the director of education had to be called so I am expecting some meetings in the near future... But really... who gives out the names of a child and the location of the child on the internet
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    They broke all the rules.. The only other thing that could have made it worse is if they posted her picture [​IMG]
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Oh Gosh Dar,

    Sounds like the nicest thing I can say, about that teacher, is a truly disturbing lapse in judgement there.

  4. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    I think you handled it reasonably. It spekas poorly of the VP and principal that it took a visit from the police to wake them up.

    And as a side rant -- it's pretty sad that they don't feel like they can teach 9 year olds math without going out to a web site.
  5. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Quote:That is a wonderfully kind way of putting it. [​IMG]
  6. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    the VP kept saying to me... "i'm sure she had the best intentions"...

    whats that saying?....Many a good intention has led to hellish outcomes....

    I said to the VP and the principal,,, if the teach would have used Alicia S... that would have been ok... not great... but ok.... its non identifying information and yet the teach would have still know which student profile she was looking at..
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  7. I totally agree. You know, when I enrolled my kid for kindergarten, I had to sign permission slips for my son's name and pictures to be used in anything other than the little yearbook. And they do not sign kids up for interent programs with out signed consent forms.

    I do not think you over reacted. It is sad that you had to involve law inforcement though. I think they should bill the school for wasting their time on something that should have been common sence on the stupid teachers part.
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    OMG. And I don't type those three letters together very often at all.

    I'm employed by a law enforcement agency and, while I am not an officer, I certainly "see" a lot of awful things. I am absolutely gob-smacked any educator could be that stupid.

    You did NOT over-react. How sad you had to involve the police. And if somebody's feelings are rumpled because you did so, given the astounding lack of response up until then, then that person or persons need/s to take a good hard look at him/her/themselves. What WAS she thinking? What was the vice principal thinking? What was the principal thinking?


    Okay, I'm through hyperventilating now.

    You did great. Thank you for having the fortitude to carry it forward, and now the student body is better protected from real and present threats to their safety.
  9. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    I can only say that I'm glad the cop verbally slapped them around. My gosh, how stupid and irresponsible of the school. The principal certainly didn't handle that well. That is a "fix the problem now" situation, not an "i"ll look into it" situation. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. lowry075

    lowry075 Songster

    Mar 29, 2011
    Southern California
    Wow, that is the most riduculous thing I have heard recently. As a mom, I would be fuming! [​IMG] You did NOT overreact.

    As a teacher, I am horrified anyone could be so clueless. I am always telling my high schoolers, NOT to include their hometown, school, etc on their FB for the safety issues. What's even more disturbing is that the admin didn't see the problem. [​IMG]

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